Arsenal staff impressed with left-back who could replace Kieran Tierney

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Arsenal staff have reportedly been impressed by 17-year-old academy player Lino Sousa, who could replace the injured Kieran Tierney.

Sousa joined the club from West Brom in January, and has played regularly for the Arsenal under 18’s and 23s.

According to Football.London, Sousa is starting to catch the eye of Mikel Arteta, and with him regularly showing faith in youngsters, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him give the 17-year-old a chance.

Tierney has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury, and backup full-back Nuno Tavares has failed to impress since joining the club.

Tavares was subbed against Crystal Palace after a poor performance, so Arteta could allow Sousa to train with the first-team in the coming weeks to see what he’s made of.

Sousa recently scored for Arsenal U23s against Manchester City, showing he can help out in attack, which is crucial to how Arsenal play.

When fit, Tomiyasu plays as a defensive right-back, tucking in and creating a back three, allowing Tierney to advance and join in attacks.


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  1. There’s difference in class stepping up from 2nd or 3rd tier soccer.
    Tavares was exposed sadly.
    Hopefully Sousa will have two other gunners as back up.
    MA plays a similar game to Chelsea vs Rm.
    The blues knocked their head against the RM wall with passin g allover the place
    Why not take a leaf from PV.


  2. What ever happened to the defence? It was doing well. Some cynics have praised him for the chastening defeat. The table doesnt lie.
    Arsenal,imho,always seem to get unstuck after the
    break .
    Gabrile seems ponderous and has been guilty of goals conceded . Perhaps there is a lack of competition for places.
    Hopefully Arsenal can beat B and H.

  3. I see what you are saying but no. Tavares has to go back in. He is quality and creative. He has pace and skill just not experience. and you cant compare him to Tierney. Tierney is one of the most wanted players in the world (crap luck on the knee mate)

  4. Tierney has been poor all season
    I wouldn’t be worried if he was sold…

    Tavares probably needs some consistency in selection, and the occasional early withdrawals isn’t helping his confidence..

    How many other players in the squad have been treated like Tavares when having a bad game? why is his own case always different?

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